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Collection Development Policy

Include books, periodicals, pamphlets, pictures, videos, audios, cake pans, puzzles, computer software, etc. which will help meet its objectives.

The selection of books and materials shall be regarded as the function of the Library Director.

•    An addition of a book to the library’s collection in no way represents an endorsement of any theory, idea or policy contained therein by the library.

•    The library asserts its right and duty to keep on its shelves a representative selection of books on all subjects of interest to its readers, including books on all sides of controversial issues that are not prohibited by law. Materials on any subject, if published by reputable and well known publishers, are admitted to the library.

•    Judgment should be based on the total effect of the material and not on the presence of words, phrases or situations which in themselves might be objectionable.

•    Special requests or recommendations by patrons are always accepted for consideration. Acceptance of such a request or recommendation does not mean that the library is obliged to purchase an item.

•    Five controlling factors for selection and acquisition are:


o    The community interest and availability of other material on the subject

o    The library; its existing collections, budget and services

o    The individual literary merit of each book/material

o    Usage- based on the frequency of circulation

o    Accuracy of material

o    Our mission statement


•    Library materials shall:


o    Include books, periodicals, pamphlets, pictures, videos, audios, cake pans, puzzles, computer software, etc. which will help meet its objectives.

o    Includes other publicly available resources of books and other materials to avoid unnecessary duplication.

o    Includes those for self-improvement and study but not materials required primarily for formal courses of study offered by educational institutions.

o    Be loaned under the library regulations and procedures for home use.

o    Be weeded according to acceptable professional practices in order to insure the validity and value of the collection.

o    The Library Director shall dispose of weeded material in an appropriate manner.


•    The Stanhope Public Library is committed to offering a wide variety of materials to appeal to many different patrons. Our goal is to respect the intellectual freedom of each patron. Censorship of books and/or materials urged or practiced by volunteer arbiters of morals or political opinion or by organizations which would establish a coercive of Americanism, must be challenged by libraries in maintenance of their responsibility to provide public information and enlightenment through the recorded word. The selection of materials, if questioned, shall be reviewed in the following manner:


o    A person with an objection will be urged to fill out a complaint form. If the complaint concerns a book the patron must read the entire book before filling out a complaint form. This complaint form, presented to him/her so that he/she may submit a formal statement in preparation for a conference, will be returned to the Library Director.

o    The Library Board and the Library Director shall read the book/material and review it.

o    A conference shall be held with the complainant, the Library Board, and the Library Director.

o    The decision concerning further use of the book/material will be made by the Library Board and the Library Director by motion and vote.


•    This method should serve to reassure citizens that thoughtful consideration is given to the selection of reading materials. It should also serve as a means of informing citizens that the Library Board will not be pressured by those who want only one point of view represented in the Public Library. Libraries should enlist the cooperation of allied groups in the fields of science, education, and of book publishing in resisting all abridgment of the free access to ideas and full freedom of expression that are the tradition and heritage of all Americans.